martedì 17 ottobre 2017


I’ve a good news for you! Even this year we will take part at the ballet festival “Le ali della danza”, organized by Lions Club Fiesole under the patronage of the Comune di Scandicci. Further details will follow (hopefully soon). Tomorrow is another schooling (working) day, but, luckily, there is still a way out of the blue, so don’t miss your time to jump and fly on the Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna”’s carpet-dance!

Male peacock spiders (here, Maratus volans) are used to perform a colorful song and dance to conquer their target audience – the females they aim to woo – but “ladies”, of course, do not impress so easily. Photo: Jurgen Otto.

An audience is not a market

A jubilant Abele Bikila is hoisted shoulder high by an exultant (Italian) crowd. It happened in Rome, Italy on September 10, 1960. Photo: Mondadori via Getty Images.

The Importance of Not Being Arcovazzi

Abele Bikila crossing the finish line of the marathon at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy, which he run (and won) barefoot, setting a world record time of 2 hours, 15 minutes and 16 seconds. He was the first Sub-Saharan African to win an Olympic gold medal. After the race, when Bikila was asked why he had run barefoot, he replied: “I wanted the world to know that my country, Ethiopia, has always won with determination and heroism”. Photo: Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images.

Meanwhile, he is rehearsing alone for his impending encounter with her, when he will have to tell her that he lost the gold ring which he would have wanted to put on her finger

lunedì 16 ottobre 2017

Hey Edna, why don’t you submit yourself for an audition for the ninth episode of “Star Wars sequel trilogy”?

Artwork © savvy-weasley

Chaos & Cosmos

Scientists have finally found out the secret of gold, which kept alchemists stuck for thousands of years. Precious metals are forged in the cataclysmic clash of neutron stars.
An artist’s rendering showing gold being created as two neutron stars clashed. Image credit: Robin Dienel/Carnegie Institution for Science.


Goalpara, India: A fruit vendor loads bananas on to a truck at Daranggiri banana market, the largest market of its kind in Asia. Photo: Biju Boro/AFP/Getty Images.

Cycling and Society
Moscow, Otober 16. Interfax News Agency – The President of the Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov has said that he intends to propose the involvement of young and ambitious people in the FIDE Presidential Board, such as, for example, the founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg.
“We’re open-minded enough to involve people with innovative ideas. The FIDE Presidential Board is constituted by a group of 80-year-olds. On one hand, their experience is useful, but for changing the world we also need young and ambitious people, better if with money on their side”, Ilyumzhinov said on Monday at a press conference at the central office of Interfax News Agency.
He suggested that the Board might invite Zuckerberg, as well as the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group 馬雲 (Mǎ Yún), professionally known as Jack Ma.
Ilyumzhinov also announced his intention to create an open source website in order to collect ideas and proposals for improving FIDE. Furthermore, he is thinking of organizing a tournament with the participation of famous people, since Zuckerberg and Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates are chess enthusiasts.
At the same time, Ilyumzhinov said that he is willing to serve as a Facebook adviser and consultant. “We’ve a market to get to Facebook, 600 million people play chess”, FIDE President said.

(Free translation by Nobody’s Perfect)

Zoe prêt-à-porter

“Zoe prêt-à-porter” ™ © Mado Flynn

Handmade in Italy by Mado Flynn

It’s worth remembering that Mado Flynn’s high fashion floral collection is permanently on display at Mrs. Paola Soldi’s newly opened gallery-shop “Art of Tuscany”, Borgo Ognissanti 99/R, 50123 Florence, Italy. Photos courtesy of Paola Soldi.

The Colour of Difference

Japanese maples and colourful acers highlight the magnificent array of autumn colours at Westonbirt Arboretum in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England. Photo: WENN.


In thanking everyone who generously gave their support and time last Saturday (let’s not forget, we’re the only and one chess school not recognized by anyone!), now I wish to call all our people, and all not our people as well, to joyously join the Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna”’s ballet and dance classes! As usual from early in the afternoon onward.

A red-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas) performing a contemporary solo. Photo: Caters News Agency.

domenica 15 ottobre 2017

Open Presidential Primaries
The President of Russian Chess Federation and FIDE Vice President Andrey Vasilievich Filatov argued that the President of the Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov has all the powers and rights to re-run for presidency in next elections. According to him, the vote of FIDE Executive Board does not bear any legal effect or validity.
It was reported earlier that the Executive Board pronounced against another candidature of Ilyumzhinov, President of the Fédération Internationale des Échecs since 1995, in 2018 elections. Furthermore, the Executive Board unanimously delegated presidential authority to the Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos.
“The vote of the Executive Board does not bear any legal effect, so there’s no impediment”, Filatov told R-Sport. “There are no legal restrictions preventing Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov from re-running for presidency. He has all powers and rights to candidate himself. As soon as he will make his decision, he will announce it by himself”.

(Free translation by Nobody’s Perfect)

Andrey Vasilievich Filatov attending the 88th FIDE Congress in Göynük, Turkey on October 13, 2017. Photo:

The Swimmer

Mathias Gerusel – William James Joseph Lombardy
4th World Junior Chess Championship; Toronto, August 5, 1957
Nimzo-Indian Defence E33

Chess Grandmaster William “Bill” James Joseph Lombardy is reportedly dead in Martinez, California, United States on October 13, 2017 at 79 years of age (he was born in New York City on December 4, 1937). A contemporary of Bobby Fischer, Lombardy was one of the leading American players during the 1950s and 1960s. After being evicted from his rented apartment in the East Village of New York City in 2016, he spent his final months living in extreme poverty, eventually housed and supported only by the charity of his friends. 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 Nc6 5. Nf3 d5 6. a3 Bxc3+ 7. Qxc3 Ne4 8. Qc2 e5 9. dxe5 Bf5 10. Qa4. The alternative is 10. e3, but after 10. ... Ng3 11. Bd3 Bxd3 12. Qxd3 Nxh1 13. cxd5 Ne7 14. e4 c6! 15. d6 Ng6 16. Be3 0-0 17. 0-0-0 Nxf2 19. Bxf2 Qd7 Black stands better, Kakageldyev – Naumkin, Borjomi 1984. 10. ... 0-0 11. Be3? White’s strategic goals will prove too optimistic. Better settling to give back the Pawn by 11. e3. 11. ... d4 12. Rd1? Gerusel insists with blind consistency. Also bad was 12. 0-0-0? Qe8! 13. Nxd4 Nxd4 14. Qxe8 Nb3+ 15. Kc2 (15. Kb1?? Nc3 mate) 15. ... Nec5+ 16. Kc3 Rfxe8 with overwhelming preponderance.

12. ... dxe3! A very pretty refutation. 13. Rxd8 exf2 14. Kd1 Rfxd8+ 15. Kc1 a6! Threatening to win the Queen by ... Ne4-c5. 16. Qb3 Nc5 17. Qc3 Na5! 18. e4. White has no defence. 18. Nd2 is met by 18. ... Rxd2! and 18. Nd4 by 18. ... Rxd4!, and finally, if 18. b4 then 18. ... Nab3+ 19. Kb2 Na4+ winning the Queen. 18. ... Nab3+ 0 : 1.

William Lombardy (left) playing Bobby Fischer (right) in round one of the Premier Grand Prix International d’Échecs in Monte Carlo, Monaco on March 24, 1967. Photo:

扑满 (Piggy bank)

A plastic clothes peg holds small change in the one-room home of a migrant worker at the outskirts of 北京 (Běijīng), China on October 1, 2017. Photo: Thomas Peter/Reuters.

Searching for Dory

Hey Edna, stop making calculations! Don’t you know that in the end everything will depend only on my mood?

Artwork © dustindemon

sabato 14 ottobre 2017

Glance Back, Look Ahead

A barn owl perches on an old window perfectly framed by broken glass on farmland near Haddenham in Buckinghamshire, England. Photo: Frederic Desmette/Solent News & Photo Agency.

Curtain Falls

Nino Batsiashvili – Elena-Luminița Radu-Cosma
22nd European Women’s Chess Club Cup; Göynük, October 14, 2017
2q2rk1/R1rn1pp1/1p2p3/1Q4p1/2pP4/1P3N1P/5PPK/R7 w - - 0 36

Position after 35. ... Nb8xd7

The last round of the European Chess Club Cup(s) did not produce any substantial changes, and in the end, both in men’s and women’s competitions, the favoured teams ended up winning. Nino Batsiashvili finally knew the bitter taste of defeat, really doing her best to motivate her team to win even without her daily help. In the position of the diagram it is almost impossible to think that White may lose after 36. Ra8, but, as everyone knows, there is always more than one way to throw away anything! 36. bxc4?? Rxa7 37. Rxa7 Qb8+. Apparently Batsiashvili overlooked this trivial check! The follow-up is instructive: 38. Ne5 Nxe5 39. Ra3 Nf3++ 0 : 1. Mate follows next move.

A Year Away

Chiara Ciocia Vida, unforgotten star of Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna”, is currently spending a year in the United States for study purposes, but at least she won’t lose her skills and passion for dance. Here she is (second rank centre, sky blue T-shirt), performing a modern choreography at the Dance Homecoming Pep Rally of the Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix, Arizona, United States.

Sugarland Express

And so, let’s call our friends to not forget to come early enough (but not before 16,00) to be present and join us today at the Associazione Culturale “Il Delta della Luna”’s Fischerandom chess meeting!

And the Band Played On

Keep Climbing

Daria Stanislavovna Pustovoitova – Nino Batsiashvili
22nd European Women’s Chess Club Cup; Göynük, October 13, 2017
English Opening A13

In the meantime, women too were playing on the Titanic, and no one has been able so far to eclipse the star of Nino Batsiashvili. 1. Nf3 d5 2. e3 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. b3 c5 5. Bb2 Nc6 6. cxd5 exd5 7. Be2 Bd6 8. 0-0 0-0 9. d4 cxd4 10. Nxd4 Qe7 11. Nxc6? This must be wrong. More commendable is 11. Nc3 Rd8 12. Ncb5 Bb8 13. Rc1 and White stands somewhat better, U. Andersson – F. Ólafsson, 1st “La Méditerranée” International Tournament, Genève 1977. 11. ... bxc6 12. Nd2 Re8 13. Qc2 Bd7 14. Rfd1 a5 15. a4 Rab8 16. Bc3 Bc7 17. Bd4 Ng4 18. g3? Having to choose between three possibilities (h2-h3, Nd2-f3, and g2-g3), White – quite inexplicably – opts for the worst one. 18. ... Nxh2! 19. Kg2. 19. Kxh2 Qh4+ 20. Kg2 Qh3+ 21. Kg1 Bxg3 seems horrible for White, but after 22. Nf1! Bd6 23. f4 h6!? (Stockfish) Black should content herself only with her inititative. 19. ... Qe6 20. Rh1? The line abovementioned was now mandatory. 20. ... Qh3+ 21. Kg1 Bxg3! The difference is that now the Black Knight is on the board! 22. Nf1 Bf5!

23. Qd1? After this (mistake) Black’s attack easily triumphs. More stubborn was 23. Qxf5(!) Qxf5 24. Nxg3, although after either 24. ... Qg6 25. Kxh2 Rxb3 (Stockfish) or 24. ... Nf3+ 25. Kg2 Nxd4 26. Nxf5 Nxf5 Black should win anyway. 23. ... Be4 24. f3 Re6! (Δ ... Re6-g6) 25. Nxh2 Rh6 26. fxe4 Bxh2+ 27. Kf2 Qg3+ 28. Kf1 dxe4 29. Qc2 Re8 30. Bg4!? c5! 31. Bxg7!? Desperation. 32. ... Kxg7 32. Qf2 Rf6 33. Bf5 Qxf2+ 34. Kxf2 Rxf5+ 35. Ke2 Be5 36. Rag1+ Kh8 0 : 1.

venerdì 13 ottobre 2017

Semantic dispute
Nikita Vladimirovich Kim: Ilyumzhinov remains the President of FIDE; calling for his non-participation in elections is nonsense

As the Moscow Chess Federation first Vice President told TASS, the vote of the Executive Board calling for Ilyumzhinov’s non-participation in elections is nothing more than a private, personal opinion

MOSCOW, October 13, 2017. TASS correspondent: Andrei Kartashov. “Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov remains the President of the Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) with full powers, and the vote of the Executive Board about his non-nomination for the elections in 2018 does not bear any semantic significance”, the Moscow Chess Federation first Vice President Nikita Vladimirovich Kim – who attended the 88th FIDE Congress in Göynük, Turkey – told TASS. [Read more].

Perpetual Stalemate

So FIDE confirmed for a second time in a few months the destitution of its “political” President Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov, and the promotion, at the highest level possible, of its Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos. As always happens, the two parties deeply disagree about the legitimacy of such an extra-parliamentary solution. It seems deeply unfair to lay the whole burden of a worldwide organization upon a single person.
Whatever it will be, nothing is yet decided, everything can still happen – or maybe not. Till the end of time.
Draw by perpetual stalemate.

Not in my Day

Lorenzo Lodici – Stellan Brynell
33rd European Chess Club Cup; Göynük, October 13, 2017
English Opening A30

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 b6 3. g3 Bb7 4. Bg2 e6 5. 0-0 Be7 6. Nc3 0-0 7. Re1 d5 8. cxd5 exd5 9. d4 Na6 10. Bf4 c5 11. dxc5 Nxc5 12. Nd4 Nfe4 13. Qc2 Bf6!? Black’s position is fundamentally sound, so Brynell’s novelty only confirms Aron Nimzowitsch’s saying that “A position that is healthy has at least two ‘only’ moves”. 13. ... Bg5 14. Bxg5 Qxg5 15. Nxe4 Nxe4 16. e3 Rfc8 17. Qe2 Rc5 18. Nb3 Rc7 19. Rac1 Rac8 20. Rxc7 Rxc7 21. Rd1 g6 22. Nd4 h5 23. Qf3 Ba6 24. Qf4 Qxf4 25. gxf4 Kg7 26. Bf1 Bxf1 27. Kxf1 a6 also led to equality, Gulko – Browne, Grandmaster Invitational Chess Tournament, San Francisco 1995. 14. Red1 Nxc3 15. Qxc3 Re8

16. Qc2. White Queen’s coming and going look quite artificial and betray some uncertainty of strategy. 16. ... Rc8 17. Qd2. Feeling a little uncomfortable, White decides to temporarily sacrifice a Pawn in order to level the playing field as much as possible. 17. ... Bxd4 18. Qxd4 Rxe2 19. Be3. Lodici was possibly looking forward to trap Black’s Rook, but he will have to content himself to win back the Pawn. 19. ... Ne6 20. Qe5 Qc7 21. Qxc7 Rxc7 22. b3 d4 23. Bf1 Rec2 24. Bxd4 Nxd4 25. Rxd4. After heavy liquidation White has regained the Pawn and can now confidently look for a draw. 25. ... g6 26. Bc4 Re7 27. a4 Kg7 28. h4 h6 29. Bf1 Rec7 30. Bc4 Re7 31. Bf1 Rec7 32. Bc4 Re7 ½ : ½.